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The Natural Hazard Mitigation Association recommends a nine-step process to make a damaged community better prepared for the next disaster. This website provides more background information on these steps.

Note: These steps follow a logical order, but not necessarily a chronological order. Do not wait for each step to be completed before you go to the next one. Many can be done concurrently. It is recommended that you become familiar with what needs to be done for each step, assign people to implement them, and coordinate progress.

The City of Conway, South Carolina, followed an earlier version of these steps after being flooded by Hurricane Floyd in 1999. The following pages include links to the materials prepared by Conway’s staff.
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Click here for a PDF copy of the basic nine step paper prepared for communities recovering from Hurricane Sandy and here for a PDF copy of a one page summary for decision makers.

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